New Faculty: 2017-2018

AMIR AAZAMI - Clark University


Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science

Amir Babak Aazami's research focuses on geometry and mathematical physics. In particular, he works in Lorentzian geometry, which underlies Einstein's theory of gravity, as well as its interactions with other geometries within mathematics. He also is interested in the phenomena of gravitational lensing (i.e., the bending of light by gravity), and its geometric and astrophysical implications. He obtained his doctorate in mathematics from Duke University and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe (IPMU) at the University of Tokyo

SUPRABHA BANIYA - Clark University


Assistant Professor, Department of Economics

Suprabha Baniya's research interests focus on the effects of timeliness on the international trade pattern in the presence of global production linkages, using both econometric and computable general equilibrium analysis. Her fndings have important policy implications for boosting developing countries' participation in higher value-added and time-sensitive industries, and she plans to pursue additional research on international trade and economic geography for developing and emerging markets. Through her doctoral work at Purdue University, she is associated with the World Bank, International Monetary Fund and the Global Trade Analysis Project. Currently, she is co-authoring a research project at the World Bank, investigating the trade effects of the Belt and Road Initiative of China using both econometric and GIS analysis. Suprabha holds a Ph.D. in economics from Purdue University, and a combined bachelor's/master's degree in mathematics from SUNY-Potsdam.

ASHA BEST - Clark University


Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Geography

Asha Best is an urban geographer whose teaching and research brings together interdisciplinary perspectives in black studies, post-colonial studies, urban geographies and mobilities studies. Her recent work focuses on urban informality in Brooklyn's emerging Caribbean neighborhoods, post- 1965. She has a growing interest in aesthetics and urban futures, and is developing a comparative research project around improvisation and urban form in Johannesburg. Asha earned her bachelor's at the University of Southern California, her master's at Syracuse University and her doctorate in American Studies from Rutgers University-Newark.

LYNDON ESTES - Clark University


Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Geography

Lyndon Estes is an environmental scientist who investigates the drivers and impacts of agricultural change, with a particular focus on sub-Saharan Africa. He conducts his research using new Earth observation technologies and a range of modeling techniques, and works within interdisciplinary projects that involve economists, agronomists, human geographers, decision scientists, hydrologists, climatologists, and computer scientists. Lyndon has worked as a research scientist in Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School and Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Prior to his academic career, he spent nearly nine years working in protected area management and environmental consulting in Southern Africa. Lyndon holds a bachelor's degree in English from Georgetown University, an M.Phil. in conservation biology from the University of Cape Town, and a Ph.D. in environmental science from the University of Virginia.

PANKUSH KALGOTRA - Clark University


Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Management

Pankush Kalgotra's primary research interests include data analytics, network science, the dark side of IT, and neuroimaging in information systems. His current research focuses on health care analytics, and examines how a comorbidity network impacts health outcomes of a patient. He is profcient in using and teaching big data tools such as Hadoop and Teradata Aster. Pankush received a bachelor of technology degree from the National Institute of Technology, Raipur, India, and master's and doctoral degrees from Oklahoma State University.

ARUNDHATI NAG - Clark University


Assistant Professor, Carlson School of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Arundhati Nag's research interest is in developing chemical tools to probe signaling pathways involved in cancer, as well as developing biological sensors and biomimetic catalysts for green energy processes. In her work, she uses a wide range of chemistry and biochemistry techniques, such as combinatorial library design, high throughput screening, spectroscopy techniques, protein expression and purifcation, mammalian cell culture and live cell imaging. Arundhati earned her bachelor's degree at Presidency College and her master's at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, and completed her doctorate at the California Institute of Technology, where she was a staff scientist following a postdoctoral fellowship.

KATHLEEN PALM REED - Clark University


Associate Professor, Hiatt School of Psychology

Kathleen Palm Reed is a clinical psychologist who focuses her clinical and research work on the prevention and intervention of substance use disorders and interpersonal violence. Some of her ongoing and future projects include research on reducing stigma related to substance use disorders, as well as developing prevention programming for alcohol-facilitated sexual assault and interpersonal violence victimization among sexual and gender minorities. Kathleen earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2004, completed her postdoctoral training at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University and was a research psychologist at Butler Hospital in Providence, R.I. She has been at Clark since 2007 as a research professor and associate director of clinical training in the Hiatt School of Psychology.

ALEXANDER PETROFF - Clark University


Assistant Professor, Department of Physics (beginning in January, 2018)

Alexander Petroff is interested in using the physical limitations imposed by fluid flow and nutrient diffusion to understand the behavior, organization, and evolution of microbes. His research typically combines enriching charismatic (e.g., fast-swimming, magnetotactic, extremely large) microbes from the environment, designing precise experiments to observe their behavior, and studying physical models to understand these observations and extend them to the environment. Other interests include the geometry of river networks and pattern formation. Alexander earned bachelor's degrees in physics and mathematics from Carleton College, and his doctorate in geophysics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has been a postdoctoral fellow at Rockefeller University.

GOHAR SIDDIQUI - Clark University


Assistant Professor, Department of Visual and Performing Arts

Gohar Siddiqui's research and teaching interests focus on popular Hindi cinema, international remakes, and docudramas. Previously, she was assistant professor at the University of WisconsinPlatteville, where she taught courses on Indian cinema, international cinema, adaptations and remakes, and gender, race and ethnicity in American flm. She currently is working on a book project that investigates issues of nation, gender and genre in Bollywood remakes of Hollywood cinema. She holds master's degrees from the University of Delhi in India and from Bridgewater State University, and earned a Ph.D. in English from Syracuse University, where she specialized in screen studies and transnational feminism.

The following have been hired to lecturer or professor of practice positions.

KENNETH BASYE - Clark University


Associate Professor of Practice, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science

Ken Basye's work is primarily in speech recognition and machine learning, particularly in the areas of performance and latency reduction. He taught computer science at Clark for several years before moving to industry, where he worked primarily on speech recognition, starting at Dragon Systems in 1998; subsequently he worked at Lernout and Hauspie, and Nuance. Later he worked as a research scientist at the Center of Excellence for Human Language Technology at Johns Hopkins University, at Yap Inc., and at Amazon, where he helped develop the Amazon Echo. Ken received his doctorate in computer science from Brown University.

Dolores Juan Moreno - Clark University


Lecturer, Language, Literature and Culture Department

Dolores (Lola) Juan Moreno's research focuses on Spanish women writers and flmmakers of the 21st century, as well as food, cinema and poetry, and the interdisciplinary connections between the cultures of the Mediterranean. She has published widely on contemporary Spanish culture, literature and cinema and currently is working on a book about culinary poetry written by young women authors. She was a lecturer at the University of Balearic Islands (UBI) and at the Centro de Estudios Superiores Alberta Giménez in Spain; in 2012, she moved to the U.S. to pursue her second doctoral degree (her first was from UBI), which she earned from UMass Amherst in 2016. Lola has been a visiting assistant professor of Spanish at Clark since 2015. In 2016, she and her undergraduate students created "Herencia y Cultura Hispánicas/Hispanic Culture and Heritage," a multigenerational, collaborative learning space to promote and enhance Hispanic culture in the Worcester community.

THOMAS MURPHY - Clark University


Lecturer, Graduate School of Management

Thomas Murphy is a decision consultant to corporate executives of global companies, universities and health care frms, helping them to prioritize and improve business plans and investments across global markets. His experience includes consulting in market planning, global business strategy and knowledge management, with more than 100 companies and institutions. Results of his work have been presented by himself and business executives at numerous business seminars and conferences. Tom has a niche area of expertise in sustainability marketing and sustainability branding. The Sustainability Marketing course he designed for GSOM is one of only a handful of such courses currently offered in the United States.

MICHAEL SATZ - Clark University


Lecturer, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science

Michael Satz's interests are in both the theory and application of stochastic processes and statistics, and his focus is on developing and teaching courses in these areas. For the decade after he earned his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering, Michael worked in the software industry, learning the craft of computer programming. Eventually, at Nexabit Networks, he was one of a small group of engineers responsible for all routing protocol software in a terabit router. He earned a master's degree in applied math from UMass - Amherst, and subsequently worked as a research assistant there and at Oak Ridge National Labs. His main project was modeling high-dimensional lattice systems with long-range stochastic interactions, for which he designed and implemented software using parallel architecture.